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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LANSING – Democrats in the state House announced a plan today that would raise $1.2 billion to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges by requiring corporations pay their fair share in fixing Michigan’s infrastructure. The move takes aim at one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history, which gave billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations that were paid for by increasing taxes on Michigan families. 

“Every time Michigan faces a problem, Republicans...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision to step down as the state representative for the 75th Michigan House District, effective Monday, Aug. 3. The next few weeks will ensure a smooth transition, as the people of Grand Rapids will continue to be served by my staff even after my departure.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my career and I have no doubt that the next...

Monday, July 13, 2015

“Gov. Rick Snyder did the sensible thing when he decided to end Aramark’s contract to operate food services in Michigan prisons. From the very start, Aramark’s track record in our state has been one disaster after another, ranging from allegations of trafficking drugs into our prisons, to sexual relations between Aramark employees and inmates to maggot-contaminated kitchens. It’s plainly obvious now that cutting corners to save money on prison services not only doesn’t work, but puts...

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for all of the same-sex couples who have been waiting for the chance to be legally wed in Michigan, as well as for their friends, family and all who support equal rights. With this historic decision, the Supreme Court has established that the joys, responsibilities and rights of marriage are open to everyone. I celebrate this decision along with all who worked so hard for so...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

“The U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision when it upheld the Affordable Care Act tax credits for people in states such as Michigan that rely on the federal health care exchange. The ability to affordably access health care is a cornerstone of a family’s financial security, which is why this ruling is so crucially important to the 228,388 people in Michigan who get tax credits to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. These...

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